News / Western exporters’ complaints ignored as backhaul shipping service levels sink

first_img Ocean carrier schedule reliability on the headhaul Asia-north Europe and Asia-US west coast tradelanes is worsening every month, according to analysts.This is causing concern among importers and retailers that stock levels have insufficient buffers to cope with what they view as the flagrant disregard of many shipping lines for on-time arrivals.Moreover, the decline in schedule integrity – which, according to data compiled by SeaIntel, fell to a low of just 44.6% for vessels arriving within a day of their advertised arrival in north European ports in February – does not take into account the additional shocks to the supply chain caused by the carriers’ GRI-reinforcing strategy of blanking sailings.Meanwhile, European and US export shippers are, arguably, suffering even greater uncertainty over transit times for their containers destined to customers in Asia. And furthermore, they complain of a near total lack of communication from carriers on amended arrival times.Indeed, on Friday, The Loadstar reported from the TOC container supply chain event in Singapore that UK-based drinks giant Diageo had revealed that container shipping line unreliability had cost it around £3 million extra in inventory costs already this year.The company, which produces household-named brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys, Captain Morgan and Tanqueray, had, according to Asia-Pacific customer services and logistics director Mark Holloway, found it necessary to increase its inventory by 34% in south-east Asia and build buffer stocks to compensate for the tardy scheduling of carriers on the eastbound Europe to Asia tradelane.Mr Holloway bemoaned not only the decline in reliability of container lines – which he said had slumped to a lowly 35% for on-time arrivals at Singapore – but also the absence of communication about delays.“At the very least they could tell me what is going on,” he told delegates.Speaking to The Loadstar after his speech, Mr Holloway suggested that even changing carriers did not offer a solution. He said that a “promised” 53-day transit time from one new carrier had slipped to 58 days within six months.At JOC’s TPM conference in Long Beach in March, US exporters were equally up in arms at their apparent anonymity, as far as ocean carriers were concerned, and their fears that export schedules would suffer further in the wake of especially the proposed P3 and the extended G6’s concentration on import scheduling.Indeed, an executive representing Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, said that transit times for his company’s reefer shipments to Asia were getting longer and longer, a situation he could only see deteriorating further in the expected new mega-alliance rationalisation.And conference panellist Klaus Schnede, a procurement manager at Eastman Chemical Company, and an exporter of 47,000teu a year, concurred. He also said US exporters had been ignored in discussions regarding scheduling and were also likely to suffer further at the expense of mega-alliance import scheduling.Meanwhile, US and European export shippers will hope that there is no return to the strategy of March 2012 when ocean carriers serving north Europe to Asia – including Maersk Line and MSC – decided to impose an “export booking stop” for several weeks, at the same time introducing substantial freight rate hikes.At both the recent industry events, shippers lined up to stress that their most important concern was service levels rather than rates – and seemed surprised that carriers simply didn’t believe them.Christian Brath, Nestlé’s Asia head of ocean transport procurement, told TOC delegates: “We have no interest in seeing that year after year carriers aren’t making any money – I am not interested in the lowest rates, but something that is sustainable.“We have no interest in rate volatility; I want stability, and I am not interested sacrificing that for a short-term gain.“We repeatedly say that we are not just interested in the lowest price, but the carriers don’t seem to believe us.”He said that, globally, Nestlé ships around 450,000teu a year, with 60-75,000teu of that being bought on the spot market. By Mike Wackett & Gavin van Marle 14/04/2014last_img read more

5 pressing questions about the New York Yankees’ breakthrough Covid-19 infections

first_imgHealth5 pressing questions about the New York Yankees’ breakthrough Covid-19 infections Amazon established a foothold in diagnostics during Covid-19. Now it’s doubling down [email protected] Does this mean the CDC was shortsighted in its recommendation Thursday that fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most settings?Depending on the type of mask, face coverings have generally been more about protecting others than yourselves, meaning they’re more of a tool to stop you from spewing virus out into the world than blocking virus headed your way.There was also some nuance in the CDC’s updated recommendations. The data indicate that the chances of an asymptomatically infected person who’s been vaccinated spreading the virus are extremely low. But CDC Director Rochelle Walensky noted Thursday that if someone starts feeling sick, they should start wearing a mask again and get tested.Still, critics of the CDC decision could point to the Yankees cluster as a sign that prudence is merited. While many experts celebrated the CDC announcement, others argued that the agency was premature or that it should have tied the guidance to hitting thresholds like a further reduction in new cases per capita or reaching a certain level of vaccination coverage. (Given the variability of infection and vaccination rates around the country, some places have achieved these milestones.) The concern is that with transmission still at the rate it is, and with vaccination rates as low as they still are, people who are unvaccinated or who haven’t mounted a strong immune response to vaccines (like some people with cancer are experiencing) will be more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus than if the CDC had just waited a few more weeks. Please enter a valid email address. Tags Coronaviruspublic healthVaccines Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Two extra points: Starting Friday, the CDC will only report breakthrough infections that lead to hospitalization or death because those have the “greatest clinical and public health importance.” The Yankees cases, of course, didn’t rise to that level.And Torres, the shortstop, had Covid-19 last year, indicating that his case is both a breakthrough infection and a reinfection. Scientists think reinfections remain rare, though given that second infections are generally thought to be mild or asymptomatic (akin to breakthrough infections), experts similarly don’t have great estimates for how often they occur. But considering Torres was asymptomatic, his case fit with what experts expect from most reinfections. Eight members of the New York Yankees organization who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 tested positive for the coronavirus this week. And that news has led to a lot of people saying, wait, what?Below, STAT outlines what we know about the cases and some of the factors that might have contributed to the cluster.What do we know so far? advertisement Related: Related: Related: And while it can’t be known for sure, it’s possible that without vaccines, this cluster could have been worse, both in terms of the number of infections and how sick certain people got. The Yankees travel with some 50 people.Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 9,245 breakthrough cases, a tiny fraction of which resulted in hospitalization or death. More than 118 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated. The low number of breakthrough infections has been touted as a testament to the power of vaccines, which are providing both protection for individuals and helping drive down transmission.But experts also point out two caveats with the number of breakthrough infections. For one, some large number of the people who’ve been fully vaccinated haven’t since been exposed to the coronavirus, so it’s not known how many infections there would have been without that vaccine coverage. The tally of breakthroughs is also certainly an undercount because many asymptomatic cases go undetected — unless, of course, they occur in a setting with widespread and frequent testing, like on a professional sports team. New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres (center) is congratulated by teammates after they beat the Washington Nationals in a May 8 game. Torres is one of eight members of the organization who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and tested positive for the coronavirus this week. Bill Kostroun/AP By Andrew Joseph May 14, 2021 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. How did this happen?The team has said it’s conducting contact tracing, and officials from both the New York state health department and CDC are in touch with the team. So far, it’s not clear how this transmission occurred.Two of the most pressing questions we can think of:Where did the spread initiate?Essentially, was this a superspreading event during which someone — likely an unvaccinated person — passed the virus to the eight people? That is one probable explanation. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is particularly adept at transmitting in crowded, indoor settings, so perhaps someone who was shedding lots of virus came into contact with the team, and that’s how this outbreak occurred. The Yankees have surpassed the threshold of 85% players and personnel vaccinated that allowed them under league and union rules to relax some distancing and masking requirements.It’s also possible that some of the transmission occurred among the eight people who’ve tested positive, though that would seem to be a rarer event. Even if a vaccinated person contracts the coronavirus, it seems they’re generally less infectious to others than an unvaccinated person with Covid-19 — especially if they’re asymptomatic. That might be because the vaccine reduces the amount of virus these people can shed, and also shrinks the window during which they’re contagious. General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics.center_img Andrew Joseph About the Author Reprints Most Americans believe Biden is correct to support an IP waiver for Covid-19 vaccines Was there a variant involved?Certain coronavirus variants — most notably B.1.351, which first emerged in South Africa but has circulated at low levels in the United States — cause breakthrough infections at higher rates than other forms of the pathogen. The vaccines still prevent many cases, and retain their overall protection against severe illness and death. But the shots do seem to lose some of their potency in staving off mild or asymptomatic infections, and may not be as powerful at preventing people who have breakthrough infections from passing on the virus.Major League Baseball is working with a Salt Lake City lab for its testing and sequencing efforts, so we could eventually get more information about this question. The sequencing data could also provide insights into whether the eight people were infected during the same event or independently of each other. On Sunday, third base coach Phil Nevin reported feeling some symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19. (He had recovered as of Thursday, General Manager Brian Cashman said.)The team quarantined people who’d had close contact with Nevin and expanded its testing program, which turned up another seven asymptomatic cases by Thursday, when shortstop Gleyber Torres became the eighth person — and first player (the other seven were coaches and support staff) — to test positive.advertisement Related: @DrewQJoseph My ‘postmortem’ folder and the intensely personal nature of the latest Covid-19 surge If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. Was this a fluke?Not every member of the Yankees organization who tested positive this week was vaccinated at the same time, so the outbreak can’t be attributed to one bad batch of vaccine or an error in keeping the shots at the proper temperature. Still, in a pandemic in which hundreds of millions of people have been infected and amid a global vaccine campaign, there are going to be some weird outlier situations. Simply put, perhaps something bizarre happened with the Yankees.It underscores how important it is to avoid drawing conclusions from one case involving fewer than a dozen people. The clinical trials that established the vaccines’ efficacy involved tens of thousands of people, and real-world data that have backed up what the clinical trials concluded: the vaccines are immensely powerful against Covid-19.  Leave this field empty if you’re human: The clinical trials that led to the authorization of the different Covid-19 vaccines generally measured how effective they were at preventing symptomatic cases, and in its trial, the one-dose J&J shot proved to be 66% efficacious at blocking moderate and severe Covid-19. And while studies have shown the vaccines also prevent asymptomatic infections in many cases, researchers don’t have firm conclusions at just how effectively they do so. The assumption is that many asymptomatic cases go unreported in the absence of broad and frequent testing.Which brings us to the Yankees. Eight breakthrough infections seem like a lot, and something odd could be at play here. But it’s notable that only Nevin had some symptoms. It’s possible that at least some, if not all, of the other seven other infections would have been missed if they didn’t occur on a team that’s undergoing regular testing. Privacy Policy Support STAT: ‘It’s not over yet’: Uncertain protection from Covid vaccines leaves cancer patients in limbo All eight people had received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and were considered fully vaccinated.What does this mean about breakthrough infections and vaccines?The Covid-19 vaccines have been shown to be overall highly effective at preventing illness, and even more so at staving off the worst outcomes, like serious disease and death. But even the best vaccines can’t block all infections, and those that still occur after immunization are called breakthroughs. Trending Now:last_img read more

In Pictures: Two long serving Laois employees retire from Glanbia

first_img Community Twitter Pinterest TAGSGlanbia Home News In Pictures: Two long serving Laois employees retire from Glanbia News WhatsApp Previous articleTable quiz, GOAL jersey day and Halloween all a blast for Arles NSNext articlePortlaoise estate granted 141 new houses Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Mick Kavanagh who has retired from Glanbia Ballacolla after 30 years service pictured with his wife Bridie and daughter Orla at a function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.After 49 years service in Glanbia Donaghmore Billy Finane receives a presentation from manager Diarmuid Everard at his retirement function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.Billy Finane’s daughter Ciara is presented with flowers on behalf of her late mother Mary by manager Diarmuid Everard at Billy Finane’s retirement from Glanbia Donaghmore at a function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.Billy Finane’s mother Hannah is presented with flowers by manager Diarmuid Everard at Billy Finane’s retirement function from Glanbia Donaghmore in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.After 49 years behind the counter in Glanbia Donaghmore Billy Finane (centre front) is pictured with his family at his retirement function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.Billy Finane with his mother Hannah Finane at Billy’s retirement function from Glanbia Donaghmore after 49 years.Picture: Alf Harvey.Bridie Kavanagh is presented with flowers by Adrian McCartney (right) and manager Mick Dowling after her husband Mick Kavanagh retired from Glanbia Ballacolla after 30 years service at a function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.Mick Kavanagh (left) who has retired from Glanbia Ballacolla after 30 years service receives a presentation from manager Mick Dowling at a function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey.SEE ALSO –  Laois GAA community comes together to raise huge sum for Kolbe Special School Council Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 7th November 2018 Facebookcenter_img Pinterest After 49 years behind the counter in Glanbia Donaghmore Billy Finane (centre front) is pictured with his family at his retirement function in Rathdowney Golf Club.Picture: Alf Harvey. Two Laois men with an incredible number of years of service between them have retired from Glanbia recently.Mick Kavanagh and Billy Finane have amassed 79 years in the company between them.Ballacolla native Kavanagh worked for 30 years as a fork lift driver and sales assistant in the Ballacolla branch.Rathdowney man Billy Finane spent almost half a century working in the shop in Donnaghmore.He entered the Glanbia workforce as a teenager and spent 49 years in the shop before retiring recently.The pair were joined by their friends and members of their families at a ceremony in the Tullamore Golf Club.Photographer Alf Harvery went along and captured some beautiful photographs.Check them out below: WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ In Pictures: Two long serving Laois employees retire from Glanbia New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Avail of the great offers in The Killeshin Hotel – and unwind in Laois

first_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th October 2020 Pinterest Avail of the great offers in The Killeshin Hotel – and unwind in Laois Home Sponsored Avail of the great offers in The Killeshin Hotel – and unwind… Sponsored The view from the Sliabh Bloom, dreams I can still seeA beauty just as grand as you will findThese are scenes from childhood, once more I will returnAnd meet those folk, those friends we had so fineIt’s amazing how much beauty we have around us without realising it. How many of us have explored the majestic Slieve Blooms, the opulent Emo Court and Parklands, the history of The Rock Of Dunamase with views looking over all the neighbouring counties. Laois is a beautiful county and has a lot to offer. At the Killeshin Hotel we have a lot to offer as well. We have been serving the local community for over 50 years now. Featuring 88 well-appointed bedrooms, duplex Cedar bar, Cedar rooms restaurant, Zest health club which features a state of the art gym and 18 metre swimming pool. We have over 200 free car parking spaces in the hotel and we have recently become a dog friendly hotel so you can treat your beloved four-legged friend to a night away too.The Killeshin offers our county residents and essential workers a safe and welcoming place to retreat, relax and revive during these turbulent times, where the emphasis is on personal interaction and service, to you, our guest.The hotel received its Covid Safety Charter certification from Failte Ireland and details of all the efforts we have made to keep you safe can be found on rates from just €70 per person including a 4 course dinner, overnight accommodation and full Irish Breakfast the following morning, it is the perfect time to explore your beautiful county and explore The Killeshin.To make your booking please call (057) 8631200 or see all your tempting offers at SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated property section on LaoisToday Previous article‘I don’t regret it for a minute’ – Carol Nolan on her decision to leave Sinn Féin over pro-choice stanceNext articleCovid-19 hospitalisations continue to rise as one patient critically ill in Portlaoise LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGSKilleshin Hotel Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

‘Whatever years I have left, I’d like to finish them out with Laois’

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date ‘Whatever years I have left, I’d like to finish them out with Laois’ Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Steven Miller – 2nd November 2020 WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, November 2, 2020Next articleSeries of online events to focus on climate action in Abbeyleix as part of this year’s Science Week Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Pinterest TAGSBallylinanGary WalshLaois senior footballersTalking Sport Gary Walsh has been in impressive form for Laois since returning to the starting team in recent weeks. Picture: Paul Dargan Gary Walsh’s Laois football career has started and stopped a couple of times over the years but the Ballylinan man is delighted to be back in the blue and white jersey and is keen to make the most of this latest campaign as Laois prepare to play Longford this weekend in the Leinster championship quarter-final.Walsh, who turns 30 this year, scored 2-5 in Laois’s dramatic win over Fermanagh last week to help them avoid relegation to Division 3 and has put in two decent performance since the season resumed.The previous game against Westmeath was his first start for Laois in over two years.Speaking on the recent LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast, he said he had a good chat with Laois manager Mike Quirke last winter that helped him commit for this season.“I went to Boston last summer and to be honest I was happy that I ended up out there but at the same time I had to ask myself what was I going to do,” he said.“Was I going to give it up altogether but I said to myself last winter that whatever years I have left I’d like to finish them out with Laois.“I had a good chat with Mike and said I’d knuckle down for the next couple of years and give everything to Laois. I’m delighted to be back.“I’m just trying to get back in on the team and to do well for Laois has been my main goal especially when I was in a bit of good form in the club championship – I’m trying to bring it in with the county (now).”Although he got only limited game time in the opening rounds of the league back in the spring, he says the lockdown worked in his favour to allow him regain full fitness.“I joined the panel late (and) I had to miss all the heavy winter training as I was bogged down with college at the time.“To be fair to Mike he gave me every chance to get myself into shape. But the (league) games came too quick for me and the lockdown worked in my favour.“I got a pre-season under my belt then before the club championship and that is where the form is after coming out of.”Against Fermanagh he played alongside Evan O’Carroll in a two-man full-forward line but despite being two of the county’s top forwards since over the past decade (Walsh made his debut in 2012 and O’Carroll in 2013), they actually haven’t played alongside each other all that often.And he says their partnership up front will take a bit of time to get used to.“Yeah, it’s criss-crossed a bit,” he said. “If Evan was in, I was out or one of us was partnering up with Donie Kingston a lot of the time as well.“We never kind of got the run of games together.“We’re similar in style in that we’re target men and especially if you go to our club form we’re both kind of the ones that outfield players are looking for.“It is hard to gel with someone who is the nearly exact same kind of player as you. It takes a bit longer to get used to. You have to connect before the ball is coming in. You’re not the main target each time. You have to share it especially in inter-county.Evan O’Carroll and Gary Walsh are likely to be playing alongside each other in Laois’s Leinster championship clash this weekend. Picture: Paul Dargan“With most players you have a bit of connection. Now me and Evan do but it’s probably not up to what we’d like to be purely from not having game time together.”But he says he’s really looking forward to being back involved with Laois in the championship.“It’s enjoyable to think that we’re going to be the sole focus of sport … everyone will be watching the Laois match.“There is an extra buzz about and (I’m) just happy to be part of it.”You can listen to the full podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podbean or below on Soundcloud.SEE ALSO – Love Laois: Your really useful guide to Laois businesses selling online during Level 5 restrictions Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Facebook Home Sport GAA ‘Whatever years I have left, I’d like to finish them out with… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Teamlast_img read more

Lee Myung Bak’s Inauguration: Goodbye Ideology, Hello Pragmatism

first_img By Jeong Jae Sung – 2008.02.26 11:09am Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter News SHARE News [imText1]Lee Myung Bak proclaimed the start of the advancement of the Republic of Korea at his inauguration on the 25th, just as the nation is completing its industrialization and democratization periods. Most notable was Lee’s call to “move from the age of ideology into the age of pragmatism.”“At times over the last 10 years,” noted President Lee, “we found ourselves faltering and confused, but now, we will take with us our achievements as well as the lessons we learned from our failures and start anew. At the juncture when we are beginning another 60 years of the Republic, I hereby declare the year 2008 as the starting year for the advancement of the Republic of Korea.”Lee heavily emphasized the notion of pragmatism, defending the principle as a reasonable goal to survive on the global stage, regardless of Western or Eastern historical conditions. President Lee set five goals for his administration: to create an active market economy, to create active and protective welfare, to create a scientific nation, to advance global, pragmatic diplomacy and a peaceful Korean peninsula and to build a lean government. President Lee noted that unification is the desire of 70 million people, while calling for North-South relations to develop more productively than before. Lee also hopes to bring his message of pragmatism to North-South relations. “Once North Korea abandons its nuclear program and chooses the path to openness, we will provide assistance so that we can raise the per capita income of North Korea to US$3,000 within 10 years,” Lee said, on the issue of North-South relations. As expected, Lee called for the U.S. alliance to be strengthened. “Based on the deep mutual trust that exists between the two peoples, we will also strengthen our strategic alliance with the United States.”He added that he will search for ways to improve common prosperity and peace in East Asia by strengthening the cooperation with close neighbors like Japan, China and Russia. Lee Myung Bak’s Inauguration: Goodbye Ideology, Hello Pragmatismcenter_img News News AvatarJeong Jae Sung RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Japan-NK in 2nd Day as Inoki Moves Media

first_img AvatarChris Green Japan-NK in 2nd Day as Inoki Moves Media News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China [imText1]Talks in Ulan Bator between senior Japanese and North Korean officials entered a second day this morning, after the first day on Thursday ended amicably.However, with Japanese politics in turmoil as elections to the lower House of Representatives loom on the horizon, Japanese news agency Kyodo cautioned against expecting any concessions from either side during today’s follow-up session.The talks, held in the Mongolian capital due to a diary clash with the Communist Party of China’s 18th Party Congress in Beijing, are led by Shinsuke Sugiyama, the director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Song Il Ho, the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Japan hand and head of a team charged that deals with the thorny issue of normalizing bilateral relations.It was unclear after the first day of talks what had been discussed. The North Korean state news agency, Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA), did not report on the first day at all, while Rodong Shinmun, the Party’s daily publication, instead focused this morning on Kim Jong Eun’s congratulatory missive to new Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the 4th National Mothers’ Meeting in Pyongyang. Choson Sinbo, the publication of the Chongryon in Japan, carried a brief article, but did not go into details.Meanwhile, KCNA has been heavily promoting unofficial events involving citizens of the two countries, following closely the varied activities of a Japanese delegation led by former wrestler Kanji (aka Antonio) Inoki.On Wednesday, the Japanese delegation met with Jang Sung Taek, acting as the chairman of the newly formed State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission, marking the latest in a string of meetings with senior Party and state officials, while there have also been a number of matches in recent days between teams from the visiting Nippon Sports Science University and their North Korean equivalent in events such as football, judo and wrestling. SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News Facebook Twitter News News By Chris Green – 2012.11.16 11:02am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Sweet American Liquor over Bitter Chinese Tea

first_img Dennis Rodman brought precisely the goods to North Korea for which, apparently, Kim Jong Eun had been hankering: Bottle after bottle of alcohol, signed basketballs, and a chance to affect a pose of congeniality toward the West. This was cultural diplomacy at its most naked, with both parties joyfully using the other, and no one quite understanding what the result would be. Regionally, the Dennis Rodman visit accomplished a few things: It was a clever effort to upstage the announcement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, a sad “substitute for victory” by the United States immediately following the cancelled visit of Robert King, and a sign to South Korea that a cultural or sporting opening could be in the offing.But what did the trip mean in Beijing? And why would the Chinese Communist Party be dissatisfied?Consider the fact that one week ago, Kim told a group of North Korean performers that the “imperialists’ ideological and cultural poisoning is getting evermore frantic.” Such a statement, if anything more than pabulum, indicates a core alignment with the People’s Republic of China, whose media leaders have lately been pushing very much the same line. It must be comforting when a North Korean leader reads that a blogger has been arrested in Guangdong, for socialist internationalism is not undertaken out of altruism; countries that share a fundamental antipathy toward Western liberalism need to stick together for survival’s sake. Bending culturally toward the West is only done to a point, as the relative obsession with the theme of the collapse of communism by North Korean and Chinese media would appear to indicate. So why would Kim Jong Eun run into the arms, literally, of an American pop culture symbol before so much as booking a ticket to Beijing? Perhaps the answer boils down to a question of gifts. Kim Jong Eun took clear delight in the things brought by his exotic companion from New York, and even reciprocated by providing Rodman with a lovely bust, not of Kim Jong Il, but of the former NBA champion. What a contrast to the offerings left by Chinese comrades! In October 2011, Vice Premier Li Keqiang brought a painting of two cranes, symbolizing the need for the Kims to get along with their southern neighbors. (Yes, there were two back in those halcyon days of yore; now Kim Jong Eun is left to gesticulate incessantly all by himself.) When new Vice Premier Liu Yuanchao arrived in Pyongyang this past July 25th to commemorate the Korean War armistice, he brought not only a sleek vase, but a dumpy tea set with six cups. Not only was the tea set cheap, the kind of thing that could be bought in an airport waiting area, it was an unsubtle indication of China’s desire for the North to resume Six-Party Talks toward denuclearization.The North Koreans have since reciprocated these uncharacteristically clumsy symbolic gestures with their own forms of comradely punishment. When China’s would-be envoy to the Six-Party Talks, Wu Dawei, arrived in Pyongyang on August 25th, he was greeted with a new holiday called “Day of Songun,” which featured performers on stage next to Unha missiles and long essays by Kim Jong Eun on the need to remain faithful to the gun, the nuke, and the unmanned aerial drone (as well as his dead ancestors). Wu was then forced to burn one of his afternoons in Pyongyang at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, wondering if and when a Chinese leader would be able to “do a Deng” and criticize the hideous statue in its main hall for having been constructed to look more like Kim Jong Eun than Kim Il Sung, or for the apparent lack of reference to Chinese soldiers in the displays. Chinese leaders are, more likely than not, rethinking their firm support for the succession of Kim Jong Eun, whose diplomatic behaviour has been more erratic and hostile to China than that of his father. * The viewpoints expressed in Guest Columns are not necessarily those of Daily NK. Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion By Daily NK – 2013.09.10 3:10pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion center_img Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion SHARE Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Sweet American Liquor over Bitter Chinese Tealast_img read more

JFLL Seeking to Educate 25,000 Over Three Years

first_imgJFLL Seeking to Educate 25,000 Over Three Years UncategorizedJune 7, 2008 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) is undertaking an ambitious commitment to educate 25,000 Jamaicans over the next three years.This will be achieved through a series of programmes designed to significantly reduce Jamaica’s illiteracy rates and enhance the quality of life for the island’s workforce.Established in 2007, the JFLL continues to enhance the literacy programmes started by its predecessor, the Jamaica Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL), some 35 years ago.Unlike JAMAL, which focused primarily on the eradication of illiteracy, the JFLL seeks to promote lifelong learning – a combination of literacy, numeracy and life skills – as an option for the estimated 700,000 Jamaicans who are either illiterate or lack a high school education.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank session on Wednesday (June 4), JFLL Executive Director, Edward Shakes said, “improving education is the key to increasing worker productivity and improving Jamaica’s competitive edge in the global market place.”Citing a recent survey, which identified the agricultural sector as having the highest level of illiteracy in Jamaica, Mr. Shakes pointed out that it was one of the sectors targeted by the JFLL in its Workplace Programme. He argued that, “one of the reasons agriculture is the least productive of the sectors has to do with the educational levels of some of those who work in the farming sector.”Given the renewed focus on agriculture Mr. Shakes noted, attention to the levels of literacy in this sector is imperative, particularly in light of the demands for increased productivity as well as the introduction of new technologies.Indicating that the JFLL had already begun to impact the workforce in some sectors, Mr. Shakes outlined that sections of the sugar and banana industries, and the mining, manufacturing, packaging and processing sectors as well as some inner city communities, and persons living in bauxite mining areas are benefiting from the programme.Keen on promoting lifelong learning as an investment in human capital, the JFLL Head said that his organization was committed to the preservation of long term investment in the traditional education sectors. Short term investment in adult education he said, is key to the maintenance of long term investment in early childhood and secondary education; crime fighting and the reduction of production costs in industry. Lifelong learning, Mr. Shakes explained, will “make good citizens, help people to understand career goals and live better lives.”The JFLL caters to Jamaicans who are 18 years and over, and require functional literacy skills. There is no criteria for entry, however applicants are assessed and placed in one of four levels according to their reading and numerical skills.In addition to the Workplace Programme, which is supported by corporate Jamaica and aims to improve the levels of literacy in organisations, the JFLL offers a basic literacy programme comparable to the Grade Six Achievement level; a Life Skills Programme to enhance the literacy component and a High School Equivalency Programme (HISEP) to enable those without formal education to earn one. Like its predecessor, the JFLL owes the success of its staff to the commitment of its network of 250 volunteers.The JFLL operates from 29 learning centres in all parishes, and also in scores of town and church halls across Jamaica. In order to carry out its mandate, however, the organisation needs an additional 350 volunteers.Persons who have skills in adult education, training, management or administration and would like to volunteer, may contact the JFLL at 47b South Camp Road, or by telephone at 928-5181-6 or 759-1845-6. RelatedJFLL Seeking to Educate 25,000 Over Three Yearscenter_img RelatedJFLL Seeking to Educate 25,000 Over Three Years RelatedJFLL Seeking to Educate 25,000 Over Three Yearslast_img read more

Store to Serve Farmers Opens in Bamboo, St. Ann

first_imgRelatedStore to Serve Farmers Opens in Bamboo, St. Ann RelatedStore to Serve Farmers Opens in Bamboo, St. Ann RelatedStore to Serve Farmers Opens in Bamboo, St. Ann Store to Serve Farmers Opens in Bamboo, St. Ann UncategorizedDecember 12, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Farmers in the community of Bamboo, St. Ann, are beaming with delight, as a new establishment, Betta Grow Farm Supplies, has been opened to serve them, and to help with the development of the area.Owners of the Store, Richard and Sheryl Orret, told JIS News that their aim is to bring quality service to the farmers in Bamboo.“I started out not really knowing anything much about farming, but as time went by, I read labels, asked questions, had dialogue with farmers and getting good response, I decided to register the business and come up with a name that I thought would be most befitting,” Sheryl Orret said.She explained that they try to meet the needs of the farmers in the area, by sourcing whatever farm supplies are demanded.“We go all out for the farmers and anything they need, they can get it at Betta Grow,” she said, informing that they had the imported fertilisers in stock and farmers could come and purchase them at a very low cost.“The 11-22-22 grade of fertiliser is going at a cost of $1,570 per bag and the 14-28-28 is going at a cost of $1,590 per bag,” Mrs. Orret said.She pointed out that they would be working closely with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), in the parish, so they could inform farmers how they could improve production in the area.Meanwhile, Barry, a farmer in the area, told JIS News that he was happy for the Betta Grow farm store.“This farm store in Bamboo is a good move and I commend Mr. and Mrs. Orret on this move. Apart from farming in the field, I am a pig farmer, and this store is so convenient that sometimes when I run short on feed for the pigs, I can just run to the store and return in a short space of time, so that the pigs can get the feed,” he said, pointing out that if the store was not around, he would have to travel to either St. Ann’s Bay or Brown’s Town to purchase the pig feed or whatever else he needed to use on his farm.Another farmer, Leslie Hutchinson, told JIS News that the store is like a dream come true.“We needed this a long time. It is all good for the farmers and I respect the Orrets for what they have done. I used to have to go to Claremont, but now I don’t have to pay taxi fare to go anywhere to get what I want, because Betta Grow Farm Store is right here,” he said. Advertisementslast_img read more